Described in the case officer’s report as “a bold, architectural gesture which is high quality and considered to be a positive addition within this varied local context”, the proposal provides legibility to the streetscape and references the area’s rich history.

“The proposals for the new hotel on Paul Street respond directly to the area’s architectural and cultural context in the heart of Shoreditch," comments James Dilley, Director at Jestico + Whiles.

"We’re delighted this has been recognised by the London Borough of Hackney and look forward to seeing this increasingly busy thoroughfare through Shoreditch reactivated.”

The existing site on Paul Street, excavated to first basement level, has been vacant and neglected for over half a century, having been occupied previously by back to back Victorian warehouses. While the site is not in a conservation area, it is in a fascinating area of disparate architectural languages, dominated by Victorian and Edwardian warehouses.

Ocubis acted as development manager for the site owner Paul Street Hotel LLP.